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welcome to "world news." tonight, firing back. mitt romney under fire from members of his own party who ask, in this economy, why is he not leading? what romney is now saying about his campaign team, after mrs. romney already fired back. >> this is hard. you want to try it, get in the ring. >> this, as another political couple makes news tonight. what bill clinton is now saying about a hillary run four years from now. the heartache at the zoo. the baby panda has died. zoo keepers making the discovery. smoke out. the two massive wild fires, at risk of joining forces tonight. and a revealing look inside the fire zone. told you don't have to evacuate, we ask, what are you breathing in?
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and what happens whenever actor on the same show competes for the same emmy? what we learned before when only one of those girls was crowned golden. it's about to happen again tonight. >> what are the odds of that happening? >> it's a small world. >> yes, it is. good evening. gate to have you with us. and we do begin here with the escalating battle for the white house. tonight, just 44 days to go. and this evening, mitt romney fighting back against those critics within his own party, now criticizing him for the way he's running his campaign. and though the national polls show it's still tight, it's the battleground states that, in the end, decides the day. we wanted to widened out to show you the eight key battlegrounds, and in every one of those, president obama is now leading. you can see them turning here in dark blue. that's where the president leads. and, so, after a rough week for romney, that secret tape, his comments about the 47%, how does
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he start anew? tonight, what he's saying about his campaign team, it's your voice, your vote, and abc's david kerley leads us off tonight. >> reporter: mitt romney raised $6 million in los angeles last night. but it's the number of fund-raisers versus appearances, which is worrying some republicans who feel the race slipping away. and are and inning big campaign changes. romney was dismissive when "60 minutes" asked if he can turn around his campaign. >> well, it doesn't need to turn around. we have a campaign that is tied with the incumbent president of the united states. >> reporter: tied in national polls but not leading in any states that may win the race. and after the release of a secret tape, the held of the republican party was asked about the apparent disconnect over changing strategy. >> is he in denial? >> i don't think so, george. i think that we had a good week last week. we were able to frame up the
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debate. >> reporter: while romney says he doesn't need a turnaround, his campaign is kicking off a new strategy tonight. advisers promise an intense battleground schedule, in colorado tonight, then ohio and virginia. it's still not enough to quiet even republican critics. >> their core problem was carefulness, inability to focus on their own essential meaning. >> i think he's tak faking it. >> reporter: comments like those prompted ann romney's comments a few days ago. >> stop it. this is hard. you want to try it? get in a ring. >> reporter: and that provided fodder for "saturday night live." >> that's why running a republican campaign is so hard. if you're a democrat, you get to eat with cool people like george clooney. if you are a republican, you get to shake john voigt's cold lizard hand. >> reporter: along with that battleground state strategy, the romney campaign is banking on
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the debates. today in los angeles, the candidate had what are called private meetings, that is often code for debate preparation. david? >> all right, david kerley tonight, david, thank you. you bring up the debates, there and that's the other countdown tonight. just ten days. i want to bring in rick klein tonight, and rick, it's been four years since president obama was on that debate stage. mitt romney had 19 debates in the primary. a lot riding on this for both sides. >> reporter: i'd say advantage romney going into the debates, because he had so much more to gain, not to mention the experience. it is a chance for a big moment, standing toe to toe with the incumbent to take the argument directly to president obama. but one thing worth remembering, david, yes, mitt romney has more experience in this, but he went into almost all of those debates as the favorite. this time, he'll be the understood dog. >> so much riding on that first debate. i always get a kick out of this. already talk of four years from now, bill clinton was asked this weekend if hillary clip on tntos
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to run. >> i don't know. she's an extraordinary able person. i have no earthly idea what she'll decide to do. >> that would seem to leave the door wide open. >> reporter: you got to love that smile. it is a big question looming over this campaign. it will become the question the day after the election. and i'll tell you, the conventional wisdom has shifted. six months ago, a year ago, the answer was probably not. now, that speculation has shifted to probably yes. >> all right, rick klein with the bigger picture. rick, thank you. we're going to turn to that other headline out of washington this evening. the national zoo, breaking the news on its facebook page, announcing, quote, we are broken hearted to share that we have lost our little giant panda cub. the cub born just a week ago, has died. and we know these newborn pandas are so fragile. seven years since the national zoo had success. tonight, what happened? here's abc's reena ninan now.
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>> reporter: it was the wailing of distress from the mother panda, mei xiang, that alerted zookeepers at the national zoo in washington, d.c., that the cub was in trouble. >> this is devastating. this is devastating for all of us here. it's hard to describe how much passion and nrmg and thought and care has gone into this. >> reporter: staffers entered the panda habitat an hour after hearing the mother's cries this morning. cpr was performed on the cub, but with no effect. there were no signs of wounds or trauma, and the cause of death still is unknown. this was the first panda birth at the zoo in seven years. getting pregnant wasn't easy. it involved artificial insemination, tracking hormone levels for months, using the latest reproductive technology. everything down to how much artificial light she would get was factored in. and there was still only a 10% chance of success. the panda had five pregnancies, but this was her first baby. just a week old, the sex not yet
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known. keeping baby pandas alive is a difficult process. while few actually survive, this cub, born at the san diego zoo on july 29th is gaining weight, almost five pounds now and developing well. panda experts stress the first few weeks and months are critical. here in washington -- >> oh my gosh. that's horrible. >> reporter: visitors are still surprised by today's death. >> it does get to you, because, you know, you want your babies to be healthy. >> reporter: the cub didn't have a name, representing the chinese tradition to wait 100 days after birth. right now, the focus is on the mother panda. the exhibit will be closed. we should learn more about the cause of death in about two weeks. david? >> reena ninan at the national zoo in washington, thank you. now to the raging wildfirms across the west tonight. the biggest fire spreading huge plumes of smoke hundreds of miles, as you can see, the smoke can be seen from satellite. and seens like this one are so common. a mother and her four children wearing protective masks, told
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they don't have to evacuate. what then are they breathing in? here's abc's clayton sandell now. >> reporter: where there's fire, there's smoke. a lot of it. at least 36 large fires are burning in nine states, the worth in central washington, where thousands have been battling for weeks to save homes and towns. thick haze fills the air, even shrouding out the sun. >> it's kind of a hassle to evacuate and it's stressful. and i have a 9-year-old who still has post-traumatic stress from the first fire. >> reporter: across the pacific northwest, unhealthy smoke has forced people to wear masks. they were handing them out in schools in east wenatchee, washington. today, there are air quality warnings across three states, stretching from washington, parts of oregon and idaho. the biggest health threat comes from tiny particles in smoke that cause burning eyes, running nose and even bronchitis. people are serious lung and heart disease, even death. >> i have asthma. my wife has breathing issues. it gets pretty bad sometimes. >> reporter: smoke from
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washington and other western states is even affecting air quality in places as far away as colorado. >> people with chronic lung conditions, extra sensitive groups, we always advise them not to overexert yourself or spend extensive time outside. >> reporter: some of the smoke is rising so high, powerful upper atmospheric winds are carrying it all the way to the atlantic ocean and as far as greenland. that smoke has now even settled here in denver where, normally, you can see the rocky mountains from here. but tonight, that unhealthy haze, david, is ruining the view. >> you can see the haze there behind clayton sandell. i want to bring in ginger zee tonight. the big question is, how long are they going to have to breathe in the smoke? >> reporter: at least the first half of the week. look at the air quality alerts. you see the yellow color in washington, oregon and idaho. all the wind speeds go down. spreading back for smoke and haze, it holds the smoky. >> and the other weather
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headline, we ushered in fall. >> reporter: first full official day of fall and it will feel like it. it did today and will tomorrow. look at the frost advisories. 15 states, 33 in green bay. talking freezing in some spots. going to stick with us. detroit, mid 60s tomorrow. washington, d.c. starts their week at 70. don't worry. you'll be in the upper 70s by the end of the week. >> ginger zee with us tonight. thank you. we're going to move now to that new threat from iran this evening. a top commander in iran's revolution their guard says iran could strike on israel if iran is sure israel is about to attack. he went on to say that any attack on iranian soil could trigger, quote, world war iii. and the concerns in this country about iran going to war where behind an unprecedented show of naval force today in the persian gulf. abc's nick schifrin reports in from the region tonight. >> reporter: officially, it's a defensive exercise, but it's
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actually a very loud warning to iran. more than 20 ships, sailors from 30 countries, a massive buildup to convince iran not to close this strait if israel attacks iran's nuclear program. is the threat that israel would go to war with iran and iran would mine these waters? >> the there fleet's there. my job is to make sure that this crew is ready for anything. >> reporter: anything means intimidating. guns run from the control room on the "us s ponce." >> we can see everything. doesn't matter who it is, what it is. >> reporter: ships that use mini drone submarines to hunt for mines. and a sonar device that drops through the bottom of the boat. >> it's just a straight hole in the ship. >> reporter: there's a hole in your ship. underwater bomb squads attach explosives to mines to detonate them safely. how important is it that these waters stay mine free? >> loss of free access to this waterway could have catastrophic economic consequences. >> reporter: iran says it will
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launch its own exercise in these very same waters. and david, that means the gunboat diplomacy will continue. >> nick schifrin right there in the persian gulf. nick, thank you. and this past week here, we reported on "world news" on that milestone for the u.s. military. the end of the surge in afghanistan, those 33,000 extra american troops sent into the country for that surge two years ago are now home. and so tonight here, we wanted to learn more about the families behind those faces. and so, here's abc's martha raddatz now. >> reporter: 300 members of the 82nd airborne division. marching in formation, only to break ranks moments later for the best of all possible reasons. these soldiers are home. >> you've gotten so big. >> reporter: nearly three years after it began, the surge of u.s. military in afghanistan is over. >> we're home. we're so happy to be home. we missed you guys. >> reporter: major clydella prichard-allen is a
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21-year veteran of the army. this week, she was welcomed home by her twin sister, who served in iraq, and her children. >> i'll be in the army when i grow up, following in my mommy's footsteps. >> reporter: first lieutenant daniel loeffler dropped out of college, turned down a good job and joined the army after 9/11. back after his fifth deployment. >> i'm certainly glad to be home, although it means that someone else is over there fighting in my place. >> reporter: though the surge is over, the war is not. there are still 68,000 american troops in afghanistan -- troops that loeffler hopes will someday see success. >> 30 years from now, i would love to be sitting on my couch talking to my grandchildren, telling them about afghanistan and how the people don't live in fear anymore and that i had a part in earning that freedom. >> reporter: but that is a determination that is a long way away. martha raddatz, abc news, washington.
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>> our thanks to martha tonight. so many powerful homecomings, so many families back home this weekend. we're going to turn now to the headline out of hollywood tonight. the countdown is on to the primetime emmy awards right here on abc. and "good morning america's" laura reponser and josh elliott are there. lara and josh, over to you. >> david, welcome to the hottest red carpet in town. literally and figuratively. the stars are out to play and it is absolutely sweltering at this, the 64th annual emmy awards. >> it is 125 degrees right now, david, by comparison, it is a mere 108 degrees in khartoum. it is fair to say, provided they don't melt on the way in, what a might we could see. >> what a night. a lot of storyline is, starting with "mad men." they shatter the records of many incredible shows including "the west wing." >> fifth consecutive. and speaking of, can jon hamm stop bryan cranston from taking home a fourth consecutive trophy? so many things to get to, david.
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we're here with red carpet live in just moments. but for now, back to you in new york. >> never looked better, even in 125 degrees. we'll be watching. hope you watch at home. remember, the show coming up here on abc, preceded by josh and lara and their reports right from the red carpet, moments from now. and later here on "world news," more on the modern family match-up. but first, the celebrated marriage in america that fell apart in public. what we learn now from arnold schwarzenegger in his new book. tonight, what he hopes happens now. ally bank. why they're always there to talk. i love you, james. don't you love me? i'm a robot. i know. i know you're a robot! but there's more in you than just circuits and wires! uhhh.
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vergara. ed o'neill taking on mitchell and cam. >> small world. yes. >> reporter: last year, nowley bowen won. she usually does get the last word. >> if you have a problem with the way he's been raised, you talk to me. >> i am. >> i don't want to hear it. >> reporter: last year, ty burrell. even sew, the nerves are back. >> oh, my goodness. >> the way i'm feeling right now, i don't know if there's going to be a next time. >> reporter: some of the best comedies have faced this challenge before. there were years with the "golden girls" were up for the same emmy, but only one a year could be golden. perhaps it was the year bea arthur beat out betty white. she got her emmy, too. and there was "cheers." >> look who is here. >> reporter: but blimpy won. but rhea perlman, who played carla, won four other times.
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tomorrow morning, how will the "modern family" cast react? they faced those awkward moments before. >> so, that was so fun last night. >> so fun. >> yeah. >> great. >> a rough problem to have. our coverage begins just minutes from now on the red carpet and the emmys, right here on abc. diane here tomorrow night. good night. [ romney ] my plan is to help the middle class.
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